Friends of the Georgetown Public Library seeks donations to assist with fund shortages

Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher than last year’s rate. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher than last year’s rate. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher than last year’s rate. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Georgetown Library’s Second-Hand Prose bookstore has seen less traffic—providing fewer dollars to support the library—and music programs and the Hill Country Authors series have been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the library’s bookmobiles are currently serving the community on a wider scale, said Ricki McMillan, Friends of the Georgetown Public Library spokesperson, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher than last year’s rate, which will require considerably more funding, she added.


“The library has received budget cuts, staff cuts, and currently has fewer volunteers,” McMillan said. “Monetary gifts are needed to help maintain its continuing service to the community.”

To help, the Friends is initiating a new campaign called the "Giving Season." Officials hope the December fundraiser will become an annual event.

Donations can be made here. Checks can be mailed to 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown, TX 78626 and made payable to Friends of the Georgetown Library with ”Giving Season” written on the memo line.
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve
Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019, and in addition, editor of Leander-Cedar Park in August 2020.


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